During this past Pennsic, I had the chance to
explore the legal ramifications of providing first aid care in the US.
::mutters:: In depth. Yes, we can all agree that the Americans and their legal
system are wacked. But I think that there was also a lot of
As officers of the Society, warranted chirurgeons,
and first aid providers, we are covered under the Volunteer Protection Act
(1997) which is *federal*. This states that as long as we act within the limits
of our training, we are covered by SCA insurance and legal protections in the
case of litigation. Basically, good samaritan. I can speak from personal
experience of being named in a lawsuit many years ago that came to absolutely
nothing because nothing I did was outside Standard First Aid, my certification
at the time. Oh, and my name was removed even before that was decided because I
am a Canadian and the legal trouble of suing across a border for this sort of
thing was ridiculous.
Their medical system has its problems too. I've
heard the 'don't have insurance' comment too many times to count. But that
doesn't mean we go outside first aid. That is their choice, and I feel dreadful
about it, but better they at least get some competent first aid care than
nothing at all. And if we recommend medical care and they refuse, and record
that in the paperwork, well we've done our part.
There will be fallout from this Pennsic, I'm sure.
At the Society and the Board level. But we still do first aid, and the Society
will still protect us in Canada and the US.
As to the great antibiotic cream discussion, well
I've always cleaned with the appropriate soap water etc, and if the person asks,
will provide the cream to them after asking if they've used it before
and about allergies. But I don't offer it. If they miss it they can get some
later at the drug store, better brand too. So I don't think its too much of a
fuss no matter how worked up some *other* lists are getting about it. ::grins::
Such tempests in teapots.